New Shocks with Std coils on a GU Anyone?

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 22:35
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I am going to get some new shocks for the Patrol without changing the coils.

My 10 ply tyres are pretty stiff on the road and I was wondering what experience others have had with getting a better(preferably softer) ride with NEW shocks...and what brand were they ???

The Std setup seems to be very harsh. I want something that will 'give a little' and not transfer the bump straight into my backside!!!

I was looking at Koni's or Bilstien's because of the mono design but all feedback welcome.

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 22:41

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 22:41
Try it, it will be cheapest way to find out.

Others may have a different opinion on 'better' than yourself - or expectation.

Konis' will NEVER let you down + rebuildable.
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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 22:46

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 22:46

I have OME (Nitorcharger) on my GUIV with standard coils and polyairs in the rear. I looked seriously at Koni but cost turned me off ( even though they are rebuildable).

The OME work well on corrugations, our poor sealed roads/highways and control the suspension well ( I found the OEM's faded quickly. The rears in particular when towing ).

Some initial harshness with the BFG A/T's I run but other wise a well controlled ride ( I run steel wheels as well).

They work well for me.


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Reply By: Muzzgit (WA) - Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 23:30

Sunday, Apr 09, 2006 at 23:30
Me thinks the tyres will cause the same problem, good shocks or not !!!
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Reply By: Robin - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 08:38

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 08:38
Hi Andrew

Kept Original Springs on my GU because have policy of
not making the car heavier than standard. I.E. if adding
an acessory - must remove weight elsewhere.
The originals have some superior characteristics if you don't
require height.

Hence I choose Tough dog adjustable shocks in smaller size

This allows me to choose settings I need and I use them set
softer when running 10ply tires (Toyo Opats).

As these shocks are suitable for up to 50mm lift , I played around
and used 15mm plastic spacers to centre shocks an give max wheel travel
as no longer use rear sway bar either.

Robin Miller
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Reply By: V8Diesel - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:45

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 11:45
On my third set of Koni's now (on 3 seperate 4x4's that is). Guess that sums up my views on the matter;-)

Made a big improvement on my GU, but as I changed the springs at the same time it's not a fair comparison. Either way, the difference in damping at any speed was very noticeable.
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Reply By: ACDC - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:42

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 19:42
If you think the std setup is harsh! you will never be happy.
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